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We take them for granted in our computing machines today (even storage engineers with vast arrays of disk drives) but during most of our lifetimes, the first disk drives have emerged and evolved into what we have today.
By: spam_vigilante
Friday, Oct 21st 2016 (1:52am)
That thing is generate random numbers. Sure, their output LOOKS random when we want it to, but it really isn't.

That is, until now. A couple of computer scientists from the University of Texas have produced a new randomness extractor that actually spits out a truly random bit. It may seem small but this is huge, with major implications in cryptology.
By: dave
Monday, May 30th 2016 (12:00am)
Yes, you want to use the latest computer buzzword in your technobabble speak and you have letters after your name to prove it. Get your certifications at bargain rates and impress the boss.
By: spam_vigilante
Friday, Oct 16th 2015 (6:10am)
Did you know that you cannot claim a font face as intellectual property, but instead only the font name? Well with that in mind, here are over 27,000 of them for you to download. Protip: Don't just get a bunch of them and install to your system. Get a font manager.
By: spam_vigilante
Friday, Aug 7th 2015 (3:01am)
A rude designer has mixed together Comic Sans and Papyrus typefaces together, thus creating the Nelly and Tim McGraw of fonts. The eye-tearing combination was concocted by Ben Harman, a once respectable graphic designer who's gone rogue.
By: dave
Monday, Mar 30th 2015 (12:01am)
Games, like all other software, go through many revisions to add or remove features and shake out bugs. When these spot fixes get made, they are documented in a changelog. As this twitter feed illustrates, when taken out of context some of these patch notes can be pretty damn funny.
By: dave
Thursday, Nov 27th 2014 (12:00am) | Thanks: mefi
Joel Runyon met an interesting fellow while working on a blog post at a coffee shop.
By: dave
Thursday, Aug 9th 2012 (4:36am) | Thanks: mefi
The era of cognitive computing has begun, IBM has developed a processor that can 'rewire' itself in a manner similar to how our brains route neural synapses in reaction to experience and new knowledge. It's now only a matter of time before they realize that humanity is the weak link.
By: dave
Monday, Aug 22nd 2011 (12:02am)
Windows doesn't have a native DIFF, a process for determining the difference between two blocks of code/text/whatever. Of course, internets to the rescue!
By: dave
Tuesday, Aug 16th 2011 (6:33am)
IBM's Watson completed its challenge, winning handily at Jeopardy versus the show's two best-known champions this week. If you missed seeing the broadcasts (like me), the yootoobs has all 3 days of competition, resplendent in HD.

day 1 pt 1 | day 1 pt 2 | day 2 pt 1 | day 2 pt 2 | day 3 pt 1 | day 3 pt 2
By: dave
Thursday, Feb 17th 2011 (4:34am) | Thanks: /.
If you've watched any football over the past weekend, you've no doubt seen the IBM ads for Watson, a computer that's facing off with champs Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter for a special Jeopardy! tournament in February.

Yesterday, they played a warm-up game at IBM hq in Yorktown and... Watson won. But that's not a given for go-time. Like Jennings and Rutter, it's not hooked up to the internet, and it has to deal with puns, entendres, and evolving slang. Plus it has to physically push the buzzer.
By: dave
Monday, Jan 17th 2011 (12:02am)
A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any other invention in history... with the possible exception of handguns & tequila.
By: ZiB
Monday, Dec 13th 2010 (12:01am) | Thanks: /.
In 1984, Bloom County's Oliver Wendell Jones got a sentient computer for Christmas. In 2010, the Banana Jr 6000 was reborn.
By: dave
Thursday, Oct 28th 2010 (5:55am)
Cooling a computer by submerging it in mineral oil. In an aquarium, it looks great!

Full details here.
By: spam_vigilante
Tuesday, Aug 10th 2010 (12:52pm) | Thanks: Geek!
But I really hate Apple, and the assholes running the show. Aside from their refusal to license any Mac clones, Apple just doesn't play well with others.
The primary reason for this, imho, is Steve Jobs - the same man who (allegedly) sold out Steve Wozniack for $2100.

Here are my top 3 reasons Apple sucks. (There are more, but I have to release the hate, man.)
iTunes sucks - MediaMonkey is a much better media player, and it can sync iPhones to a limited degree, but the phone's ultimate reliance on iTunes handicaps MM's utility.
App approval is...questionable.
The Developer Agreement is...fascist
By: Mr._Dog
Tuesday, Apr 6th 2010 (4:05pm)
Among the list of things I geek over, fonts rank high. I compulsively point out fonts I recognize everywhere I go, and it aggravates Sunny to no end. My inability to shut the hell up about the rampant misuse of Comic Sans has put me on the do-not-serve list of many a bakery and laundromat.

The problem with being a font geek is that fonts are fucking EXPENSIVE. The last time I went hunting for a cool font I saw on TV or something, it was 400 bucks. Fuck that. The League of Moveable Type has a fantastic collection of open-source fonts, and they're all FREE.
By: dave
Tuesday, Mar 23rd 2010 (6:18am) | Thanks: mefi
Frankly, I can't wait to be able to think up a letter. (story)
By: ZiB
Thursday, Mar 4th 2010 (12:03am) | Thanks: /.
Yesterday's news, old-timer. The buzz today is about the next offering from Apple, which was leaked anonymously to the web.
By: dave
Friday, Jan 29th 2010 (12:03am)
Webcams are great little doodads, but if you have a theme going on with your desk they can look a little out of place. Fans of Star Trek, rejoice.
By: dave
Monday, Jan 18th 2010 (12:05am)
1. print out pdf form
2. draw letters in the appropriate boxes
3. scan and upload form
4. download your pc or mac font. for free!
By: dave
Wednesday, Sep 9th 2009 (12:20am) | Thanks: mefi
Done with a hard drive but don't want to risk any of the data being recovered? Just formatting it won't help, that just erases the allocation tables. PACHUNK. Problem solved.
By: dave
Tuesday, Aug 18th 2009 (12:08am) | Thanks: /.
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